Meeting Theme

The Texas Legislature meets in Austin every odd-numbered year (from January through May) to pass new laws. All legislation must undergo at least one public hearing in both a House and Senate committee before it can be passed into law. These hearings are the key opportunities for input to be provided to policymakers. Legislative committee hearings are held intensively from January through May of odd numbered years and periodically outside of these regular sessions, as scheduled by the committee chairs.

Key Dates for 2018-19

  • November 6, 2018 – General Election (local, state, and federal races)
  • November 13, 2018 – Bill pre-filing begins
  • January 8, 2019 – Texas legislature convenes
  • March 8, 2019 - Deadline to file statewide bills
  • May 27, 2019 – Last day of regular Texas legislative session
  • November 3, 2020 - General Election (local, state, and federal races)
Bill
Summary
Comments
HB 5

Phelan, Dade

Relating to debris management and other disaster recovery efforts.

Passed

HB 6

Morrison, Geanie

Relating to developing a disaster recovery task force to assist with long-term disaster recovery.

Passed

HB 7

Morrison, Geanie

Relating to disaster preparation for state agencies and political subdivisions.

Passed

HB 13

Phelan, Dade

Relating to flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects.

5/16/19 Not heard in Senate committee - Not Passed

HB 26

Metcalf, Will

Relating to the creation of an alert system to notify affected persons of certain releases of water from certain dams.

Passed

HB 34

Raymond, Richard

Relating to a statewide disaster alert system.

4/24/19 Voted favorably from committee - Not Passed

HB 91

Martinez, Armando

Relating to establishment of the disaster identification system for a declared state of disaster.

5/22/19 Placed on Senate Intent Calendar - Not Passed

HB 481 / Companion Bill SB 520

Kuempel, John & Campbell, Donna

Relating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.

Passed

HB 523

Allen, Alma

Relating to permit application requirements for solid waste facilities.

2/20/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 720

Larson, Lyle

Relating to appropriations of water for use in aquifer storage and recovery projects.

Passed

HB 721

Larson, Lyle

Relating to the duty of the Texas Water Development Board to conduct studies of and prepare and submit reports on aquifer storage and recovery.

Passed

HB 722

Larson, Lyle

Relating to the development of brackish groundwater.

Passed

HB 723

Larson, Lyle

Relating to a requirement that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality obtain or develop updated water availability models for certain river basins.

Passed

HB 724 / Companion Bill SB 1836

Larson, Lyle & Alvarado, Carol

Relating to the authorization by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of the discharge, diversion, and transfer or other reuse of treated brackish groundwater and return flows derived from treated brackish groundwater.

4/24/19 Received in the Senate - Not Passed

HB 726

Larson, Lyle

Relating to the regulation of groundwater.

5/8/19 Referred to Senate Committee - Not Passed

HB 817 / Companion Bill SB 655

King, Tracy & Flores, Pete

Relating to a restriction on permits authorizing direct discharges of waste or pollutants into water in certain areas of the Edwards Aquifer.

3/12/19 Left pending in committee - Not Passed

HB 845

Lozano, Jose

Relating to the eligibility of property used for a water desalination project for ad valorem tax benefits under the Texas Economic Development Act.

3/20/19 Left pending in committee - Not Passed

HB 944

Dutton, Harold

Relating to the posting of notice of intent to obtain a permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at the site of the facility or proposed facility for which the permit is sought.

Filed - Not Passed

HB 1044 / Companion Bill SB 483

Zwiener, Erin & Campbell, Donna

Relating to permits for certain injection wells that transect a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.

4/12/19 Reported from committee - Not Passed

HB 1052

Larson, Lyle

Relating to the authority of the Texas Water Development Board to use the state participation account of the water development fund to provide financial assistance for the development of certain facilities.

Passed

HB 1059 / Companion Bill SB 1381

Lucio III, Eddie & Rodriguez, Jose

Relating to a biennial report on stormwater infrastructure in this state.

Vetoed

HB 1267 / Companion Bill SB 530

Wray, John & Birdwell, Bryan

Relating to civil and administrative penalties assessed or imposed for violations of laws protecting drinking water, public water supplies, and bodies of water.

Passed

HB 1469

Thierry, Shawn

Relating to certain public school workforce training programs funded by the skills development fund.

5/13/19 Referred to Senate Committee - Not Passed

HB 1472

Thierry, Shawn

Relating to certain public school workforce training programs funded by the skills development fund.

2/27/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 1594

Shine, Hugh

Relating to a study by the Texas Water Development Board of groundwater availability in certain counties.

3/4/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 1617

Larson, Lyle

Relating to the deadline by which the Texas Water Development Board is required to identify and designate brackish groundwater production zones for certain areas of the state.

Passed

HB 1671

Huberty, Dan

Relating to water quality protection areas.

3/4/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 1964

Ashby, Trent

Relating to the procedure for action on certain applications for an amendment to a water right.

Passed

HB 2003 / Companion Bill SB 970

Leach, Jeff & Creighton, Brandon

Relating to the review and approval of contingent fee contracts for certain public agencies.

5/2/19 Pronounced dead by procedural action - Not Passed

HB 2023 Companion Bill SB 942

Metcalf, Will & Johnson, Nathan

Relating to the use of money in the state water pollution control revolving fund.

Passed

HB 2031

Turner, John

Relating to a statewide water conservation public awareness program.

3/5/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 2123

Harris, Cody

Relating to authorizing petitions to change certain rules adopted by groundwater conservation districts.

4/12/19 Reported from Committee - Not Passed

HB 2426

Reynolds, Ron

Relating to regulation of on-site sewage disposal systems including occupational licensure requirements associated with those systems.

3/11/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 2545

Guillen, Ryan

Relating to franchise tax, oil production tax, and gas production tax incentives for certain desalination facility operations.

5/17/19 Left pending in Senate Committee - Not Passed

HB 2771 / Companion Bill SB 1585

Lozano, J.M. & Hughes, Bryan

Relating to the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to issue permits for the discharge into water of this state of produced water, hydrostatic test water, and gas plant effluent resulting from certain oil and gas activities.

Passed

HB 2957

Zwiener, Erin

Relating to a requirement that certain recipients of financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board adopt certain restrictions on water use by their customers.

3/12/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 2998

Talarico, James

Relating to a prohibition of the land application of grease or grit trap waste.

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB02998

HB 3035

Zwiener, Erin

Relating to the relationship between the amount of an administrative penalty imposed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the economic benefit of the violation to the alleged violator.

5/1/19 Committee action pending - Not Passed

HB 3067

Ashby, Trent

Relating to an oil and gas production tax credit for oil and gas producers that provide produced water for recycling

4/17/19 Committee action pending - Not Passed

HB 3246

Darby, Drew

Relating to treating and recycling for beneficial use certain liquid or semiliquid waste arising out of or incidental to drilling for or producing oil or gas.

Passed

HB 3318

Burns, DeWayne

Relating to a permit requirement for the land application of domestic septage.

4/17/19 Committee Action Pending - Not Passed

HB 3319

Burns, DeWayne

Relating to the collection of soil monitoring samples from land application units where sewage sludge or domestic septage is applied.

3/18/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 3320

Zwiener, Erin

Relating to the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to require water pollution abatement plans from certain facilities regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas.

3/18/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 3339

Dominguez, Alex

Relating to requirements for programs of water conservation and water conservation plans.

Passed

HB 3560

Farrar, Jessica

Relating to the authority of a county to implement a pilot program to reuse wastewater at county facilities.

3/18/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 3717 / Companion Bill SB 1999

Dominguez, Alex & Hinojosa, Chuy

Relating to an oil and gas production tax credit for oil and gas producers that provide treated produced water to aquifer storage and recovery project operators.

4/17/19 - Committee Action Pending - Not Passed

HB 3805 / Companion Bill SB 2394

Paul, Dennis & Taylor, Larry

Relating to reporting requirements for certain accidental discharges or spills.

3/19/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

HB 3930

Morrison, Geanie

Relating to a study of the effects of building requirements on the use of water conservation technology.

4/26/19 Reported from Committee - Not Passed

HB 4116

Zwiener, Erin

Relating to a voluntary financial assurance program for permit holders under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

5/7/19 Referred to Senate Committee - Not Passed

HB 4380

Herrero, Abel

Relating to the creation of the Environmental Task Force Advisory Committee.

5/2/19 Reported favorably from committee - Not Passed

HB 4570

Larson, Lyle

Relating to establishing an advisory board to study surface water and groundwater interaction.

5/9/19 Set on the House Calendar - Not Passed

HJR 4 / Companion Resolutions HJR 81 SJR 51

Phelan, Dade & Creighton, Brandon

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

Passed

SB 6

Kolkhorst, Lois

Relating to emergency and disaster management, response, and recovery.

Passed

SB 7

Creighton, Brandon

Relating to flood control planning and the funding of flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects.

Passed

SB 8

Perry, Charles

Relating to state and regional flood planning.

Passed

SB 483 / Companion Bill HB 1044

Campbell, Donna & Zwiener, Erin

Relating to permits for certain injection wells that transect a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.

Passed

SB 500

Nelson, Jane

Relating to making supplemental appropriations and reductions in appropriations and prescribing limitations regarding appropriations.

Passed

SB 520 / Companion Bill HB 481

Campbell, Donna & Kuempel, John

Relating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.

Passed

SB 530 / Companion Bill HB 1267

Birdwell, Bryan & Wray, John

Relating to civil and administrative penalties assessed or imposed for violations of laws protecting drinking water, public water supplies, and bodies of water.

Passed

SB 655 / Companion Bill HB 817

Flores, Pete & King, Tracy

Relating to a restriction on permits authorizing direct discharges of waste or pollutants into water in certain areas of the Edwards Aquifer.

3/1/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

SB 900

Hinojosa, Chuy

Relating to state and local planning for and responses to drought.

3/1/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

SB 942 / Companion Bill HB 2023

Johnson, Nathan & Metcalf, Will

Relating to the use of money in the state water pollution control revolving fund.

Passed

SB 970 / Companion Bill HB 2003

Creighton, Brandon & Leach, Jeff

Relating to the review and approval of contingent fee contracts for certain public agencies.

5/2/19 Companion Bill pronounced dead by procedural action - Not Passed

SB 1010

Perry, Charles

Relating to rules adopted by groundwater conservation districts overlying a common aquifer.

5/14/19 Committee action pending - Not Passed

SB 1041

Taylor, Larry

Relating to the deadline by which the Texas Water Development Board is required to identify and designate brackish groundwater production zones for certain areas of the state.

Passed

SB 1249

Miles, Borris

Relating to permit application requirements for solid waste facilities.

3/7/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

SB 1379

Rodriguez, Jose

Relating to a requirement that certain recipients of financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board adopt certain restrictions on water use by their customers.

3/14/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

SB 1498

Zaffirini, Judith

Relating to regulation of on-site sewage disposal systems including occupational licensure requirements associated with those systems.

3/14/19 Referred to Committee - Not Passed

SB 1521

Hinojosa, Chuy

Relating to the funding of flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects; making an appropriation.